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Old 03-21-2010, 06:30 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by molliefan09 View Post
i was able to find one live bearer that is good for soft water. it is the celebes halfbeak. i too love ive bearers and have 2 tanks full of them, but, i unlike you have very hard water. check these halfbeaks out and see what you think, i never heard of them before doing a search. you can also google liver bearers for soft water and see what you can find. as far as a pleco is concerned, you can look into the bristle nose, they stay fairly small.

the halfbeaks are difinately an interesting variety, thanks for the feedback
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Old 03-21-2010, 06:39 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by iamntbatman View Post
Welcome to TFK!

I think your tank is too small for angelfish. Something like a festivum cichlid or maybe a gourami might be a better choice. They sort of fill the same aquarium niche without growing too large (well, depending on the gourami species anyway).

As for your water...well. Livebearers really do better in harder, more alkaline water than you've got. You can gently raise the pH and hardness by using dolomite gravel or crushed coral in your filter. However, it's a lot more difficult lowering pH/hardness (safely anyway) than it is to raise it. Personally, I'd see your soft, acidic water a blessing and a sign that rather than try to change your water parameters to suit livebearers, you should take advantage of the water you've got and get some softwater fish. Many fish from South America and Southeast Asia (which make up a large percentage of tropical fish available) prefer water just like yours.

Are you using paper test strips? I recommend getting a liquid test kit, such as the API Freshwater Master Test Kit, as the paper strips are notoriously inaccurate.

I have seen a couple Dwarf Gourami I like, thanks for the feedback, stay tuned
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Old 03-21-2010, 06:52 PM   #13
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Thanks for all the feedback, it looks like I still got some desicions to make, I will take a better look at the Softwater choices out there before I start messing with my water, I am using the strip test but already have it on my list to get a master kit because of all I have heard about the strips and will get the test kit before I make my final choices, I really dont want a bunch of stressed out or dead fish.

Batman, I will look into your recommendations on fish and see what I can find, another question, I don't have many local options on where to get fish (IE Petsmart, Petco, one local pet store this guy has been in my area for over 20 years he has a lot of salt water but not so much tropical, what do you think about mail order? or should I just start looking for places further out?

What I meant to say was that the only places I really have are, Petsmart, Petco & the local saltwater guy, these are my options within about 40 miles of my house.
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Old 03-22-2010, 04:10 AM   #14
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Glad you're finding things you like. Livebearers are neat fish but like I said, with harder, more alkaline water you're pretty much limited to livebearers and African rift lake cichlids with a few other species here and there. With soft, acidic water you've got a huge variety to select from. Tetras, pencilfish, hatchets, South American dwarf cichlids, African riverine fish, all sorts of barbs and rasboras, many types of catfish, loaches, anabantids like gouramis and bettas, many of the rainbows...the list goes on and on. We've started to flesh out our fish profiles here on TFK so we've got a ton of different species listed.

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Old 04-07-2010, 08:28 PM   #15
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4 weeks and 4 days, I finally have a measurable amount of nitrite (.25), I am so exited I had to share .
After all the feed back my goal has been to wait until I have a fully cycled tank and see what my water parameters are before making decisions on fish for my tank.
I still want to add a few live plants but have not chosen any yet, I figure I can grow into the plants along with the fish.
Thanks everyone for the advise so far I am sure I will have more questions as it gets closer to fish time .
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